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Sunday, July 17 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Gender and Gender-fluidity in the Genre (ET)

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We used to get one ambiguously gay character...usually a queer-coded villain. We NEVER got anyone nonbinary (why would aliens even have a gender binary?). As LGBTQIA people are getting more recognition in society, we’re finally getting more queer characters in fiction. We’re finally beginning to see queer communities, as opposed to The Token Gay Friend. The lesbians don’t die at the end! Let’s talk about the exploration of gender and sexuality in genre fiction, and how we’d like to see it expand.

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Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilin... Read More →

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Samantha Bryant

Teacher Foreign Languages, Orange County Schools
I've been a teacher for 26 years in Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina, working with students from 6th grade through college in English, Spanish, Drama, and Technology (and even Chorus, once). At ALS, I teach Spanish via technology. Besides teaching, I write. I'm a novelist... Read More →
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Maya Preisler

Geek Life
Maya Preisler has been creating art and telling stories since she was old enough to hold a pen, writing and illustrating her first science fiction novel at age eight. Her art has been featured on book covers, convention badges and in numerous art shows. Her professional credits include... Read More →


Sunday July 17, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Suite 215

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